2012-09-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

More than two weeks after the election, votes are still being counted in the Assembly race for the 31st District. Unofficial tallies from the Board of Elections show that Gregory Meeks leads with 3,661 votes. Right behind him, with 3,490 votes is Hulbert James. Kevin Pruitt is a distant third with 1,313 votes. Board of Elections sources say that, with less than 200 votes separating the top two candidates, further checking is necessary.

Quick-thinking police officers saved the life of a young woman who was trying to jump from the Marine Parkway Bridge into Jamaica Bay last weekend. The woman was pregnant and had overdosed on prescription medicine, police say. The two cops responding to the call carefully moved in on the 27-year-old woman and grabbed her before she could jump.

Word is that the Kennedy Inn, which currently operates a facility for the homeless in Jamaica will soon take over the old Rockaway Beach Hospital to use as a homeless shelter here in Rockaway. Congressman Charles Schumer held a community open house at the American Legion Hall in Rockaway Beach last week to discuss community issues with local residents. The “Meet the Congressman” meeting drew 200 residents from all parts of the peninsula. Rather than give a speech, Schumer moved around the room, chatting with locals and speaking with them about Rockaway.

The Queens Federation of Civic Councils held a meeting at Queensborough Community College to discuss the issue of the borough seceding from the City of New York. Officials say that it is a serious proposition and one that should be considered carefully.

The Irish Circle on Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard celebrated its tenth anniversary last week. The restaurant celebrated with Irish pipers, dancers and lots of free beer.

30 Years Ago...

The city’s Housing Authority will auction off several sites in Rockaway this week. The majority of the sites are on Brookhaven Avenue in Far Rockaway and Beach 46 Street in Edgemere.

Three EMTs delivered a baby to Catherine Jackson of Beach 84 Street last week when the three arrived on scene and found the woman ready to deliver. The three, Andy Cruz, Pat Gibbons and David Leich, delivered a healthy 8-pound, four-ounce little girl to the woman.

Mark Wolf, the son of Ian Wolf of Rockaway

Park, has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Elaine Castas, the district manager for Community Board 14, will speak to the members of the Rockaway Health Council at its next meeting.

The body found last week on the beach at Beach 95 Street has been identified as James Haggerty of Forest Hills. Police officials say that they suspect a suicide in the case. Haggerty’s body is the fourth found on Rockaway beaches in the last three weeks. One was a Howard Beach resident who died while swimming, two others from a boating accident and the last was found in a Broad Channel inlet. 40Years Ago...

Mayor John Lindsay stopped at the bird sanctuary in Gateway National Park nearby Broad Channel last week to check out the park. Despite the fact that many Rockaway residents drive by the park each day, few stop in to see the wonders it holds.

Two more longtime Rockaway residents are off to retirement in Florida. The two are Al VanLoan of Far Rockaway, recently retired from Chase Manhattan Bank and Dr. Lew Dick of Arverne, an official with the Department of Parks.

During the fine weather this week, many fishing boats could be seen off the shore of Rockaway fishing for bluefish, which reportedly have been running very well lately.

There was a bit of excitement on Beach 116 Street last weekend, when a man went to return a purchase and was reportedly refused by the storeowner. The storekeeper reportedly pulled a gun on the shopper and police of the 100 Precinct were called to bring the incident to an end. Police officials, however, say they know nothing of the incident.

50 Years Ago...

There has got to be something wrong with the people who run Fort Tilden’s publicity. The Wave found a man this week who had been living in Rockaway for several years and had never heard of Fort Tilden.

There’s nothing like a local issue to drive politicians to distraction. The latest issue is the Arverne beach fill program. Morty Certilman says that it is a waste of money, but Milty Jacobowitz says that it is a lifesaver for Rockaway.

Now that the Far Rockaway Seahorses have started the football season, many of the team’s rooters will have a place to go on Saturday afternoons.

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